F1 has put aerodynamics before aesthetics, with the new-look 2017 cars let down by “shark fins” resulting from a change in the rules, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Apart from being wider, lower and on fatter front, rear tyres and thumb nose the new generation of cars stands out for having prominent fins emanating from the airbox behind the driver’s head.
Horner says Red Bull tried to get teams to agree to ban them in meetings last year, but were voted down by the “majority” of their rivals.
“I think the cars look fantastic, the only thing that lets them down is the shark fins,” Horner told reporters on the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“It’s something that we raised at the Formula One strategy meeting last year to ask that all teams remove them, because it is pretty marginal the performance gain that they offer,” he added.
“In the interests of aesthetics, it was requested that they be removed. That went to the Formula One commission and unfortunately was immediately rejected by the majority of teams.”
While Red Bull’s RB13 includes the same feature, Horner hopes teams will agree to cut off that design path in the rules for 2018.
“Hopefully it’s something that can be addressed for next year because the cars look great, it’s just a shame this shark fin has crept in through another loophole in the regulations,” he added.